The Social Conscience of Latin American Writing

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In this comprehensive, up-to-the-minute survey of research and opinion by leading Latin American cultural and literary critics, Naomi Lindstrom examines five concepts that are currently the focus of intense debate among Latin American writers and thinkers. Writing in simple, clear terms for both general and specialist readers of Latin American literature, she explores the concepts of autonomy and dependency, postmodernism, literary intellectuals and the mass media, testimonial literature, and gender issues, ...
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Overview

In this comprehensive, up-to-the-minute survey of research and opinion by leading Latin American cultural and literary critics, Naomi Lindstrom examines five concepts that are currently the focus of intense debate among Latin American writers and thinkers. Writing in simple, clear terms for both general and specialist readers of Latin American literature, she explores the concepts of autonomy and dependency, postmodernism, literary intellectuals and the mass media, testimonial literature, and gender issues, including gay and lesbian themes. Excepts (in English) from relevant literary works illustrate each concept, while Lindstrom also traces its passage from the social sciences to literature.
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Presents and discusses five concepts useful in approaching Latin American writing, for readers interested in Latin America as a region rather than those wishing to specialize in technical aspects of literary criticism. Each chapter presents one concept and examines the transformations the concept has undergone to apply to literature from Latin America. Subjects include autonomy and dependency, testimonial narrative, postmodernism, literary intellectuals and mass media, and women's writing and gender issues. Paper edition (74699-7), $12.95. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780292746985
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 4/3/1998
  • Series: Texas Pan American Series
  • Pages: 199

Meet the Author

Naomi Lindstrom is Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Texas at Austin and is affiliated with the Program in Comparative Literature.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 Autonomy and Dependency in Latin American Writing 13
2 Postmodernism in Latin American Literary Culture 43
3 Testimonial Narrative: Whose Text? 70
4 Literary Intellectuals and Mass Media 92
5 Latin American Women's Writing and Gender Issues in Criticism 115
Conclusion 151
Notes 157
Selected Bibliography 179
Index 183
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